Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have been banned from signing players until 2018 after FIFA rejected their appeals.
Atletico and Real have also been fined £696,000 and £278,000 respectively, although Real have already announced that they will appeal against FIFA’s ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
A FIFA statement said: “The FIFA appeal committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by Spanish clubs Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid and to confirm in their entirety the decisions rendered by the FIFA disciplinary committee in the respective cases relating to the protection of minors.”
It added that the ban “prevents them from registering any players at national and international level for the next two
complete and consecutive registration periods” but does not stop them releasing players. It also does not apply to clubs’ beach soccer, futsal or women’s teams.
They were then given 90 days to regularise the situatuion of all minor players concerned.
You would recall that their Spanish rival FC Barcelona suffered similar ban in 2014 for breaking the rules.
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